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Nectar devalues Caffe Nero – is it still the best Nectar redemption?

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Caffe Nero has, for a long time, been arguably the best value Nectar redemption partner.

350 Nectar points would get you a voucher (in the form of a QR code, saved in the Nectar app, to be scanned in-store) for ANY hot or iced drink, of any size.

With most drinks now costing over £3, at least in London, you are certain to get more than the usual 0.5p per Nectar point.

The deal has now devalued. You now need 400 Nectar points for a free Caffe Nero drink. Does the maths still stack up?

Nectar caffe nero points redemptions

The real value comes if you love a frappe or an unreasonably large cup of coffee.

My drink of choice is a regular Americano, which clocks in at £3.05 in West London.

Based on 400 Nectar points, you’re getting 0.76p per point. This is noticeably better than the standard Nectar rate of 0.5p per point if you spend your points at Sainsburys, eBay, Argos etc.

If you already have Nectar points, is it better than moving them to Avios?

400 Nectar points gets you 250 Avios points.

If you can get 0.76p per Nectar point via the cheapest coffee you can get at Nero (which my regular Americano is, give or take), you would need to value an Avios at more than 1.2p before it made sense to use them for flights instead.

1.2p is roughly my average redemption value – although my calculations are conservative and don’t put any value on, for example, the flexibility of reward tickets – so in theory I should be ambivalent.

If my preferred drink was a large capuccino or a frappe, on the other hand, the drink would definitely be the way to go.

Nectar devalues caffe nero redemptions

If you already have Avios, is it better to use them for coffee via Nectar than for flights?

The current transfer rate from Avios to Nectar is 300 Avios to 400 Nectar points.

This means I’d be giving up 300 Avios to get a free coffee which, to me, is worth £3.05. Lovers of bigger drinks would find it worth more.

I’m only getting 1.0p per Avios this way, so I won’t be doing that again.

How do you get the deal?

If you mainly use the Nectar app, the deal is a bit fiddly to find. You need to scroll down the home page to the bottom until you get to ‘Explore partner offers’. Type ‘Nero’ into the search box and the deal will pop up.

You can order drinks vouchers via your phone as long as you have access to your email, as 2FA is in place. Click on the ‘Saved’ tab in the app menu and it will take you to your voucher bar codes for scanning in the store.

As for me, I think I’ll continue to use any Nectar points I earn for free coffee. However, since Nectar Connect was closed down which was the source of 95% of my Nectar points, my earning rate is virtually nil. My last earn transaction was 2 points back in August. If I do ever get to 400 points, I’ll deliberately order a large drink just to get full value!

The page to transfer your Avios points to Nectar is here.

You can learn more about this deal on the Caffe Nero page of the Nectar website here.

Comments (54)

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  • Sue says:

    It’s lifestyle isn’t it? I laugh at folk paying over £3 for coffee in a coffee shop. What a waste! I buy the ground coffee I prefer and make my own. £6 max lasts me weeks …..and I get hundreds of Nectar pts by using Esso, the surveys, and extra pts in Sainsburys for fav things. Have 190k N pts today….after 9 mths. Will txf to Avios when i next book a flt. Yes i collect Avios too with free B’card Avios cc. But nothing is bought “unnecessarily” just for pts.

    • Ryan says:

      That’s the way it should be! Never let the tail wag the dog. Although there is a balance between time / gain, for me, I value my time and effort more than a few nectar points here and there.

    • Qrfan says:

      Why do so many people who post on here think making your own coffee and visiting a coffee shop are mutually exclusive. It’s possible to make your own coffee when at home and also buy coffee at a coffee shop when out and about.

      • BBbetter says:

        Just following the BJ template. If it doesn’t work for me, it mustn’t work for others as well.

    • CoffeeDrinker says:

      £6 that must be terrible coffee 😅. I think the equivalent of Nero coffee (which isn’t top quality coffee by any stretch mind you) would be £15-£20 beans (not ground) and a bean to cup machine similar to the one they have at Nero. With the added milk/any extras you’re looking at probably around £1.50 a cup so only half the price of Nero coffee.

      • r* says:

        But that £20 would be for like a kg of beans which would cover like 100 drinks, more like about 16p per cup?

        I dont drink coffee anyway 😀

  • Mac says:

    Imagine wasting your Nectar points on a single cup of coffee – better buying a jar of coffee with your points

    • BBbetter says:

      And take the jar on a train journey imagining drinking coffee?

    • A says:

      I also find Cafe Nero take offense when I whip my laptop out, rinse their WiFi AND bring my own coffee

  • To dare is to do says:

    Sainsbury’s points thru BA shopping portal have also been cut, used to be 15 points for new customer and 3 points for returning. Now 10 points and 2 points.

  • zapato1060 says:

    Everyone shoving their agendas down everyones throats. I dont buy coffee but dont have to be rude for those who wish to or do. Like “how can people be crazy to buy a Tesla when my Corsa still runs”. Foolishness.

    • Londonsteve says:

      It’s a reliable subject for drumming up strong opinions it would appear. This and flapjacks on BA.

  • Peter K says:

    In my line of work I’ll often be lucky to get a break to pop the kettle on for a quick instant coffee. I also work in different locales on different days of the week.

    I take a drink in with me in the morning that I made at home (not in a flask, as I’ve never tried a nice coffee from a flask).

    When it gets to lunch it’s nice to pop out and grab a latte quickly and get some fresh air, rather than take (extra) equipment and ground coffee and my time brewing a drink. The local Cafe Nero is hit and miss in quality however and Greggs is a better bet.

    And basically all of that is irrelevant if you don’t have the same circumstances. Same as with all the comments today 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • the_real_a says:

    The problem is Nero does not add any extra coffee into Large Vs Small. So it tastes like watered down weed killer. Stick to a “small” for a correctly proportioned long drink.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Or just ask for an extra shot for the win. Increases the cost of your drink so increases redemption value!

      • the_real_a says:

        You can get extra shots with the free voucher?! I did not know that 🙂

    • Rob says:

      Nero is two shots by default though which I find too much in my dotage (given I have about five cups of coffee per day) so I’ve started getting them to reduce it to one.

      • TimM says:

        Time to switch to tea. 10 doses of coffee in dotage is a killer. Aldi have a very good de-caff tea but it may take some time to withdraw from such extreme caffeine intake.

        • Novice says:

          I do drink coffee but I’m a regular tea drinker. Coffee is sometimes now. Americans made coffee popular but we are a nation of tea lovers. Anyway, I’ve found all these chains that sell coffee have different dosage of coffee used.

          The tea makers of London have the the best teas. I think that’s the website. I don’t know if they have a physical store but I buy online from them as I live in the North.

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      What’s your recipe for watered down weed killer? Do you have a preferred weed killer?

    • d-74 says:

      Or just dont drink the vomit that is Nero coffee and go to a proper speciality shop

    • Degsy says:

      In my local Nero is 3 shots for large and 2 for regular. The 4th goes to waste unless you ask for it

  • d-74 says:

    Imagine drinking coffee from Nero. 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢

    • Peter K says:

      I don’t need to. I’ve done it 👍

    • John says:

      Imagine drinking coffee. 🤮

      I have one maybe once every 3 months and I always regret it – a bit like flying Lufthansa

      Problem is cafes in the UK don’t offer anything else besides sugar/fat bombs

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